3 Up-and-coming Artists You Should Discover at Backwoods Music Festival
The third iteration of Backwoods Music and Arts Festival is approaching rapidly, occurring September 4th-6th (Labor Day Weekend) in, well, the backwoods of the Midwest. But to be more specific, the festival will be held off of Route 66 in Stroud, Oklahoma. Often times referred to as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road”, Route 66 is a historical stretch of road that was one of the original highways within The US Highway System. Stretching over 400 miles and filled with breathtaking scenery, Route 66 is lined with roadside attractions and tourist hotspots that represent the rich cultural background. Side note: the population of Stroud, as recorded by the US Census Bureau, was only about 2,710 in 2013. But enough with the history lesson. Having been a relatively small event in previous years, Backwoods is about to break out of its shell and stir things up in the quaint town of Stroud, as this year is projected to be far bigger and better than the last two in terms of music, extracurricular activities and stage production.
With 150+ producers and bands performing this year and headlining acts that include Odesza, BoomBox, Breakscience, Infected Mushroom and Porter Robinson (live) as well as a plethora of local talent and smaller names, Backwoods patrons are rounding up their festy crews and preparing their camping gear to attend this incredible gathering of sensational music, great vibes and a stunning environment.
It’s imperative to remind yourself during a festival to stray from the mainstream at times, and try something new and fresh out for a change. This doesn’t mean dragging yourself away from one of your favorite artists/groups to check out someone you’ve never heard of before, but to take into consideration some of the talent out there that you haven’t taken notice of and to give it a chance. To simplify this process for those of you attending the festival, we decided to highlight a few names that you might not be too familiar with but will find are definitely worth your time.
DeluXe, who currently resides in Vail, is slowly but surely becoming a highly-regarded name in the Colorado music scene, performing at both local joints and famous venues in Colorado and making a statement wherever he goes. Dance-worthy electro-soul jams and fresh, funky remixes are the basis of his progression in the scene, and he makes his tunes by combining live guitar, trumpet, and vocals along with produced beats and sometimes incorporated samples to create a perfect layering of melodies. DeluXe has supported artists such as Michal Menert, SunSquabi, Late Night Radio and jackLNDN, and will only continue to gain recognition from big-time artists until he is known on a global scale. DeluXe is performing 6-7PM Saturday, September 5th at Backwoods’ Meadow stage.
Check out DeluXe’s SoundCloud here.
When it comes to stage presence and energy, the guys from The Getbye pretty much have the bases covered. These three unique, quirky characters bring their individual talents and personalities together and when they hit the stage, you automatically become immersed in their world of indie, folk, and a little something called gypsy rock, for a lively one-of-a-kind spectacle. Originated and currently residing in Orlando, FL, band members Kyle Smith, Alex Taylor and David Pendry (aka Koal, Skitch and Davy) formed circa 2009 and have been crushing dance floors at local shows and festivals in Central Florida and the surroundings areas since, and they are sure to bring the Florida heat all the way to the Midwest for Backwoods. Catch The Getbye on The Globe stage 7:45-8:30PM Saturday, September 5th.
Check out The Getbye’s SoundCloud here.
Lastly but certainly not least, a man that goes by the name of Vexxe is bringing some darkness to the Backwoods lineup with his take on EDM, which is a blend of heavy dubstep and trap infused with grungy, ominous basslines, for those festival patrons who seek out that classic UK bass. Vexxe, aka Jacob Strous, is scheduled to perform Sunday, September 6th 10:30 pm-12 am on the Diskoportal stage.
Check out Vexxe’s SoundCloud here.
For your convenience, here is the 3-day schedule for Backwoods 2015.
Tickets for Backwoods 2015 are still available for $149 + taxes and fees right here, and be sure to stop by our Sensible Reason booth at Backwoods to hang out and smoke free hookah while you’re there!